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Fabushoe Friday: Shoes with Flair on the Square

Womens Crystal Jeweled Sandal by Martinez Valero (originally $178, on sale for $79)
Womens Crystal Jeweled Sandal by Martinez Valero (originally $178, on sale for $79) (click to enlarge)

Bras with Flair on the Square is only two weeks away! I’m getting super excited!

Amy Kirchen with ALK Fashion and I worked together to design my dress that I’ll be wearing to emcee the event. I sent her a picture of this dress for inspiration, and a few different necklines I liked better than the one shoulder. What she created was a masterpiece. It fits like a dream!

I got to wear it yesterday for the first time when I went on Fox19 to promote Bras with Flair by doing a sneak peek of the fashion show. With my new dress, I wore the new Martinez Valero jeweled sandals I got at Cincy Designer Shoes‘ Closing sale a couple weeks ago.

My ALK Fashion dress for Bras with Flair!
My ALK Fashion dress for Bras with Flair! (click to enlarge)

By the way, if you’re wondering about the houndstooth toes, I explain them in this blog post. I love them! But I can’t wear any brown with them, so I’m going to be kind of excited to wear all my fall colors when I get them taken off… it’s going to be a while though! The nail tech said they’ll last up to six weeks!

But I digress… The dress and shoe ensemble is amazing. I can’t wait to wear it on Oct. 1 to support Susan G. Komen and breast cancer awareness with a fabulous fashion show on Fountain Square. Click here to buy your tickets (only $15 each and it includes a reusable tote bag filled with lots of great swag). 100% of proceeds go to Komen.

We’ll also recognize breast cancer survivors who you nominated and voted for at the conclusion of the show, and one lucky survivor will get a complete pamper package valued at several thousand dollars. Cincy Chic and Locals on Living narrowed it down to the top five, and even though they’re all deserving, we need you to click here to vote on who you want to win the pamper package!

To view the sneak peek I did yesterday on Fox19, click on the play button below!

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Fabushoe Friday: Orange You Going to Like My New Shoes?

Shoes and Champagne
Shoes and Champagne at Cincy Designer Shoes

As you know, my beloved store, Cincy Designer Shoes is closing at the end of the month. (Actually, the owner said she might close sooner because she is running out of inventory faster than she anticipated.)

So, I’ve been in stocking up three times in the past week. I think they’re going to set up a cot in the back there for me to just sleep over.

But I really am sad to see it go. Last Friday, I sat in there with Carrie the owner and just talked with her some more. She had a leftover bottle of champagne from her Thursday Champagne & Shoes event she does, so we shared that and chatted.

And can I just say… I kind of had a euphoric moment there, sipping on a glass of champagne (my faaaavorite drink) surrounded in a sea of spectacular shoes I had just tried on. I felt like a glorious, gluttonous Princess of Pretty Shoeland. : )

Believe it or not, I’m usually very frugal and cautious about money and shopping. Each purchase is calculated and well thought out. But there was something about the beautiful shoes, something about the sale, something about soaking in as much of the store before it closed for good… that made me lose my freaking mind.

Like I told you last week, I left with four pairs of shoes and a handbag. Here’s Pair #1 from last week. Pair #2 are the orange leather, flower embellished, Martinez Valero ‘Corona’ Sandals pictured to the left. I actually couldn’t decide if I wanted the yellow or the orange, so I posted it to my twitter and facebook page asking for votes.

I was thinking yellow would win. But as you can see, orange won by a landslide. I’m glad though, because Practical Amy is now thinking that yellow would have gotten dirty a lot quicker.

They seem very Sex and the City to me. Very eye catching. And they’re actually really comfortable. As Carrie puts it, the leather “is like butta.” These sandals came in yellow, orange and a really pretty turquoise (only smaller sizes were left in the turquoise though).

Since I got them, I’ve been “harvesting” a lot of orange jokes.

Knock knock
Who’s there?
Orange.
Orange who?
Orange you going to open the door?

Then I found myself on the Annoying Orange YouTube page my husband is now addicted to.

But citrus and comedy aside… You need to peel and get your rind to Cincy Designer Shoes and get in on this sale. haha! Oh, the orange jokes don’t get old. Even if you “concentrate.” : )

Fabushoe Friday: Cincy Designer Shoes Closing

Cincy Designer Shoes Closing
Cincy Designer Shoes Closing

It’s a solemn Fab-u-shoe Friday today… Cincy Designer Shoes, my favorite shoe store in Cincinnati, announced that it’s closing at the end of the month (Sept. 30, 2010).

But there is a silver lining to this sad news: There are great sales on their remaining inventory! If you haven’t been in, they carry shoes (obviously), really great handbags (no one ever thinks of them for handbags, but they actually have a ton of them), tights/leggings, and shoe repair/do-dads (like foot support/comfort insoles, etc).

They sent out the below email on Wednesday this week which said they’re still getting in shipments, so it’s not like their “remaining inventory” is just the bottom of the barrel picked-over stuff.

Zipper Bow Peep Toe Pumps from Cincy Designer Shoes
Zipper Bow Peep Toe Pumps from Cincy Designer Shoes

So, I went to make my final fab-u-shoe selections and take advantage of the sales.

It was, admittedly, a sad experience. I talked with Carrie the owner – who we’ve written stories about and done lots of events with at Cincy Chic – and you could see the sadness in her eyes about this whole ordeal. I know personally and professionally that she’s put her everything into the store. And as a fellow entrepreneur, my heart goes out to her.

But she seems to be hopeful about her future endeavors and aspirations. Before she opened the shoe store, she had an IT consulting company. She sold her stock in the company and started the store. But then the recession put a squeeze on her clients’ budgets. And then Nordstrom coming in (specializing in shoes btw) squeezed even more. It just was too much to take. So, Carrie decided to close up shop and go back to the IT world.

Zipper Bow Peep Toe Pumps from Cincy Designer Shoes
Zipper Bow Peep Toe Pumps from Cincy Designer Shoes

She is also a competitive dancer (ballroom, I think). She said she hasn’t danced in so long because she’s been working at the store so much, so she lit up when I asked her if she was excited to get back to dancing… “YES!” she said!

I’m looking forward to watching her start her next chapter! But this chapter isn’t officially over, yet, ladies. There are still shoes – DELICIOUS designer shoes – on serious sale. And if you want to treat your feet to a little taste of the good life at a deep discount, this is your chance.

Because of the awesome sale, I was able to get four pairs (literally for one of the pair’s retail price). Oh and I might have gotten a big green handbag. To remind me of all the green I saved! haha! If you’re a shoeoholic (or just like good deals), I encourage you to check out the sale!

I’m so excited to share with you all of my new purchases! But for today, I’m just showing this one pair of zippy zipper peep toe pumps I got yesterday. How fun are they? I’ve never seen anything like them! (BTW, I’ll explain my houndstooth toes tomorrow! haha! It’s a very random story!)

For the next three weeks, I’ll blog about my other new fab-u-shoes on Friday from this fab-u-store, which I will miss very much. Please support them, and take advantage of the sales, in their last month of business!